As finals are approaching and the semester is coming to an end, we all know what that means…. summertime! Make sure to take advantage of your last few days on the hilltop, but in the mean time here are some fun facts about everyone’s favorite months of the year:
1. The average American eats around 5 1/2 gallons of ice cream a year. July is the National Ice Cream Month because it is the month the most ice cream is sold.
2. Mosquitoes have been around for 30 million years. They can detect mammals from 100 feet away especially warm-blooded creatures (that’s why they love humans!!) And they have visual sensors that detect movement and contrast in colors.
3. A cricket’s chirp frequency fluctuates with temperature. Count the number of times a cricket chirps in 15 seconds, then add 37 to whatever number you reach and you have an approximate outside temperature (in Fahrenheit)!
4. Watermelon is actually a vegetable, not a fruit! It is most closely related to cucumbers, pumpkins and squash. The watermelon is composed of 92% water and early explorers often used hollowed out watermelons as canteens.
5. The Popsicle was invented by an 11-year-old boy named Frank Epperson in 1905. He accidentally left a mixture of powdered soda and water, with a stirring stick, on his porch, and awoke the next morning to find a frozen pop! Cherry flavor is the number one favorite popsicle flavor.
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